bare possibility

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Thinking that viewed in some particular lights, the case might by a bare possibility in some small degree be deemed, under the circumstances, a rather hard one, an honest clergyman of the town respectfully addressed a note to his Grace, begging him to take the case of those unfortunate mariners into full consideration.
The severe illness from which he had suffered shortly after his arrival had never wholly left him, and he had by degrees almost decided to relinquish his hope of farming here, though, as long as the bare possibility existed of his remaining, he kept this change of view a secret from his parents.
The bare possibility of it acted as a farther irritation on her spirits; and her being left in solitary grandeur, even supposing the omission to be intended as a compliment, was but poor comfort.
Under somewhat similar circumstances, privileged people have been received as passengers, or rather as guests, in her majesty's ships--and what has been conceded on former occasions may, by bare possibility, be conceded now.
The bare possibility that she might earn her pardon if she was allowed to plead her own cause was a possibility still left.
Heaven knows I have had torment enough at the bare possibility of that; it was for joy to find that you had some depth of soul and feeling after all, and to hope that I had not been utterly mistaken in your worth.
There was a bare possibility of overtaking them if pursued instantly.
In practical terms, there is a bare possibility of the United States requesting Japan to allow the re-entry of nuclear weapons today.
In another case, Justice Colin Campbell McLaurin of the Alberta Supreme Court fulminated: "The bare possibility that more than one or two were guilty of the offence and the shocking bestiality and perversion thereof would naturally make all decent people in Edmonton apprehensive and disgusted[.
But its bare possibility is enough to create a moral and rational duty for us to try to secure it through the proper use of freedom.
At best, what they do is hold out the bare possibility of the existence of a powerful being (like "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation) the mechanisms of whose acts remain utterly hidden.
4 where he (Celsus) says: `Out of those matters whose occurence in one kind of case is a bare possibility, rules of law do not develop'.